How does Europe pay its politicians? Here's where MPs earn the most


Pay rises for politicians are rarely popular among their constituents - but this year's decision to raise UK MPs' salaries to €105,591 (£74,000) a year has been a particularly thorny issue. And while, at just over twice the UK's average wage, it turns out UK politicians' wages are pretty high compared with their constituents, that's nothing compared with Austria, where the average MP earns three times what their voters make. The larger the bubble here, the greater the difference between politicians' base salary and average earnings.

Interactive chart by Billy Ehrenberg
It's not just the UK where duck houses can sneak under the watchful gaze of political paymasters. Europe's politicians' salaries are incredibly complex.

Below, we explore how politicians' pay packets in each nation are determined - and how much MPs will pull in overall.

Click each flag or country to find out how each nation pays its politicians
Governmental body: The National Council

Base salary: €120,165.78 for National Council members

Expenses: Limit is €524.05 a month

Pension: Politicians pay into statutory pension insurance system

Anything else? For MPs with special functions, the salary is higher: in the National Council, the salary of the President is 210 per cent of the regular salary of a National Council member, the salary of the Second and Third Presidents and of the chairpersons of the parliamentary groups is 170 per cent.

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